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Road to Bodie is Open

CALTRANS Opens State Route 270 Bodie Road

April 18, 2016

MONO County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has reopened State Route 270 (SR-270) Bodie Road.  Snow and debris have been removed and work has been completed to ensure the traveling public’s safety.

The State Route openings are dependent on favorable weather.  If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may have to re-close the highway.  For the latest in highway information, call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623), or online at

Weather and road conditions can change rapidly.  Motorists should be prepared when traveling in mountainous areas that are subject to winter driving conditions, which includes carrying chains.

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Reno Man dies in Sunday Crash North of Bishop

Rider Dies after Vehicle vs. Motorcycle collision

by Arnie Palu
April 18, 2016

A 68-year old Reno man sustained fatal injuries Sunday when his 2012 Harley Davidson collided with a Nissan on highway 395 north of Bishop.  The mans name is begin withheld pending notification of next of kin.  The Sunday afternoon collision occurred just minutes after 3pm on highway 395 at Pine Creek Road.  The California Highway Patrol indicates the collision remains under investigation.

The CHP Collision Report
“On Sunday, April 17, 2016, at approximately 15:15 hours a fatal injury traffic collision occurred on US-395 southbound at Pine Creek Road.  A motorcyclist was traveling southbound on US-395 within the #2 lane and was approaching the intersection with Pine Creek Road.  (43-year old Bishop resident) Amy Greve Dutton was driving a 2005 Nissan Armada and was traveling westbound on Pine Creek Road at the intersection with US-395.  For unknown reasons, Greve Dutton failed to observe the motorcycle traveling southbound on US-395 as she traveled trough the intersection.  Subsequently a broadside traffic collision between the two vehicles occurred.  The motorcyclist was ejected from his vehicle (2012 Harley Davidson) and sustained fatal injuries.  This traffic collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.”

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Home Street March Students of the Month

Bishop Home Street Middle School Announces the March Students of the Month

April 14, 2016

Home Street Middle School is proud to announce their March Students of the Month. Selections are based on academic success or improvement, community service, e!ort, positive attitude, or excellent citizenship. The following students were presented with a certificate to be displayed on the Wall of Fame. Students of the Month:
Alexis Eide
Garret Wesling
Andrea Lee
O.Z. Allmon
Taylor McCormick
Sydney Ellis
Samantha Lopez
Moriah Fairley
Jake Frigerio
Jordan Astorga
Christopher Beadle
Juan Castro

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Bishop Woman Arrested

Victim treated at NIH, Woman Arrested

April 14, 2016
by Arnie Palu

The Inyo County Sheriffs Department has issued a statement detailing Tuesday nights events that led to the arrest of a Bishop woman.  The victim was treated and released.

Statement from the Inyo County Sheriffs Department:

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at about 10:50 PM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from an individual about a victim being stabbed at an apartment complex outside the city of Bishop.  Deputies and Emergency Medical Personnel from Symon’s Ambulance arrived  on scene to find a male subject with a defensive wound to his hand from a knife.

The suspect, 28 year old Yvette Fimbres, was in an argument with her estranged boyfriend; the boyfriend attempted to gather items to leave the residence when he was confronted by Fimbres who was holding a knife.  The boyfriend attempted to disarm the knife from Fimbres, in doing so he sustained a knife wound to his hand.  The victim was transported by ambulance to Northern Inyo Hospital where he was treated and released.

Fimbres was arrested and booked at the Inyo County Jail for Felony Domestic Battery and Felony Assault with a deadly weapon; bail is set at $25,000.00.

Photo Courtesy of the Inyo County Sheriffs Department
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Great Basin Approves Owens Dry Lake Clean Air Plan

Historic Plan for Clean Air Approved by Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District

April 13, 2016
Submitted by the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District
Keeler, California
Today, the Governing Board of the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (District) approved an innovative State Implementation Plan to control particulate air pollution and bring the Owens Valley into compliance with air quality standards for the first time. The plan includes the terms of a stipulated court judgment by the Superior Court in Sacramento County requiring the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to complete the nation’s largest particulate air pollution control project on the dried Owens Lake bed. The District also adopted a new rule and order to LADWP to implement the plan. The plan will next be submitted to the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval and adoption under the federal Clean Air Act.
For 102 years, LADWP’s water diversions into the Los Angeles Aqueduct created the dried Owens Lake bed, the largest source of dust pollution in the country, resulting in severe adverse health
impacts to our local communities. The plan requires LADWP to complete an additional 3.6 square miles of dust controls on the lake bed, bringing the total to 48.6 square miles, and allows the District
to require an additional 4.8 square miles of controls if needed to attain the air quality standards. The plan also allows LADWP to use new water saving measures to control the pollution, including tilling
the lake bed with the back-up of shallow flooding as needed, dynamic water management to more closely align the controls with the emission seasons and utilization of brine in dust control areas.
Immediate water savings will be enough water to supply hundreds of thousands of people.
According to Phill Kiddoo, Air Pollution Control Officer, “This plan will allow the citizens of the Owens Valley to breathe some of the cleanest air in the country and save water. More than 75,000 tons of dust per year have been controlled with dust mitigation implementation at Owens Lake, making this the largest air pollution project in the history of the United States. We also look forward to a new day of cooperation with LADWP to protect the health of our communities and the environment.” The full plan is available on the District web site at
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Garden Time!

Bishop Community Garden plots Available

April 14, 2016

The Bishop Community Garden has gardening plots available for the 2016 growing season. The cost to rent a 10′ X 15′ patch of soil with water is $35 for one year. This is a UCCE Inyo & Mono Master Garden project in its sixth year. Master Gardeners will help you learn best growing practices. The garden is located in the back of the Bishop City Park behind Sterling Heights.

Contact Margaret Phelps at 760-872-6608 or email

Cover photo from the Inyo Mono Master Gardeners.  For More information visit their website,

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City of Bishop Fish Camp

Bishop Youth Fish Camp

The City of Bishop is holding a youth fish camp.  The two day camp will be held April 30th and May 1st at the City Park Pond for ages 6-12.  The cost is $20 per participant. Registration is now open at Bishop City Hall.
Day 1, the kids will have a clinic from 11-2pm to learn proper fly-fishing casting, fishing safety, tying, bug life and fish stocking. They will do a walk through of a living stream display with prizes at each station. Lunch will be provided on this day!!
Day 2 is Derby Day!! From 8am-12pm the kids will use the knowledge they learned to land and measure fish from the Park Pond. This will be with barbless hooks, catch and release. Parents are welcome to come and help with the exciting moment. There will be prizes for the largest, the first caught and the most fish caught!!
Don’t miss out on this great fishing event at the City Park!! There are only 20 slots available so make sure to register at City Hall by April 25th.  For more information contact City Hall at 760-873-5863.
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Free Movie Saturday supporting Autism Awareness

Bishop Twin Theater and the Early Learning Center teaming up to host “The Peanuts Movie”

Saturday April 16, 2016 at 12:00PM

Family Movie – The Peanuts Movie
Bishop Twin Theater

Together the Bishop Twin Theater and Early Learning Center is embracing April as National Autism Awareness month by hosting a FREE showing of The Peanuts Movie this Saturday, April 16th at noon at the Bishop Twin Theater. Wear BLUE to show your support!


The Early Learning Center is a new volunteer based non-profit providing specialized services for “at risk” children, birth to elementary school entry. Kids with developmental needs will soon be able to receive services needed to maximize independence and school readiness in the least restrictive environment.

To support your local autism and special needs kids, please call 760-987-8359 or email Shanna White at

Campbell and Eddy Step in during Emergency

Locals help during Medical Emergency

by Arnie Palu
April 13, 2016

Two locals residents were at the right place at the right time Tuesday Morning.  Bishop area CHP public information officer Dennis Cleland is crediting the quick reaction of Jim Campbell and Nicole Eddy.

The scene played out just prior to 7am on Barlow Lane near the Sundland Indian Cemetery.  According to Cleland, a Bishop area resident drove his vehicle off the roadway, through a nearby fence.  The drivers name is being withheld.  While the incident remains under investigation, Cleland indicates the driver appeared to experience a medical ailment leading to the crash.

Cleland reports that Jim Campbell rushed to the scene and started CPR on the unconscious driver.  Nicole Eddy also rushed to help, assisting with CPR until EMS and Bishop Fire Department personnel arrived with a defibrillator.   The victim was transported to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital and ultimately air lifted to Reno.

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Special Fuelwood Sale at Whitney Portal

Inyo National Forest Announces Continuation of Special Fuelwood Sale for the Whitney Portal

 April 11, 2016

The Mount Whitney Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest is planning to continue a special personal use fuelwood sale in the Whitney Portal Area this season. A limited number of participants for this fuelwood event will be selected by lottery, since there is a very limited amount of wood available. There are only approximately 10 cords of wood available for the area.

Whitney Portal is normally closed to fuelwood gathering for personal use. One specific area within the drainage will be opened for fuelwood during this special event. A lottery will be used to determine who will be selected to gather wood in the area. Lottery entries will be accepted during the period of April 6, 2016 through April 25, 2016. 

Individuals may submit one lottery entry per person. Entries can be submitted in person or by phone at the Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine, (760) 876-6222. Lottery entrants must provide their name, address, and contact information. The only selection will occur on April 25, 2016.

Individuals will be randomly selected from the current pool of entries when wood becomes available. Selectees will be notified via the personal contact information they provide.  Selected individuals will be given a map of the specific locations where fuelwood can be gathered. Wood gathering will start May 1, 2016 and end Oct. 31, 2016 (or sooner if the wood runs out).

Selected entrants will only be allowed to collect fuelwood on set days determined when they are drawn, and must possess a valid personal use fuelwood permit along with identification. Participants may gather a maximum of two cords of wood, though the maximum amount is not guaranteed. Participants may gather down wood only. No falling of snags or trees will be permitted.

For questions or additional information, you may contact the project leader Rick Napoles, Division Chief 4, at 760-876-6205 or Patrol 41, Levi Ray, at 760-876-6221.

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